I think we're in complete agreement here. As the speed drops, the
probability that one will generate a superior transfer with a narrower
head increases. The same is true as the tape decays.
The major points that I was making was:
-- Don't assume that any given speed/machine/tape combination will
-- Start with the FT head and only switch to a narrower head if you
hear artifacts on the FT head
-- Transport guidance and topology does make a huge difference here
I think you're saying the same thing. I like the premium Nortronics
heads, and I like the Studer heads. The Woelke and Applied Magnetics
heads also do a good job. I use all of these brands. I have many formats
in two or more of the brands.
FT Mono: Nortronics, Studer
NAB: Applied Magnetics, Nortronics, Studer, Woelke
DIN: Nortronics Studer, Woelke
I find the differences to be more related to profile than to
manufacturer. For example, the low frequency response on my NAB A-M
heads is like my Studer because the face is broader. The Nortronics and
the Woelke are a bit weaker on the low end. (on NAB)
I also have a pair of Saki NAB heads, but they are too high inductance
for any of the machines I have. NOS. I think they were for a Scully 280.
With this stuff, everything makes a difference <sigh>.
On 2012-01-06 7:45 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Just to be clear about something -- I'm not saying you shouldn't use a
> full-track head to play
> full-track tapes whenever possible. What I said was, if the tape has
> deteriorated or was slit so
> that it won't travel well through your tape path, sometimes it's
> necessary to play smaller parts of
> the track so as not to get flangeing and "swishing" with high frequencies.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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